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Woodblock print - Low Tide at Susaki
  • Low Tide at Susaki
    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858
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Low Tide at Susaki

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1842 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The view in this uchiwa-e (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige is of the spit of land (susaki) that extended out from the mouth of the Meguro river, channelling it northwards into Edo Bay, in the southern (Shinagawa) part of the Takanawa district in southern Edo. Susaki was a popular place for viewing the sunrise on New Year's day, but here the focus of activity is the gathering of shellfish in the shallow waters visible behind the courtesans on the bridge. The building to the left is a restaurant next to the entrance of the Susaki Shrine. Dedicated to Benten, the goddess of water, this nestled among a grove of pine trees, here partially visible behind the restaurant, at the very northern end of the spit.

Physical description

Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1840-1842 (made)


Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks


Height: 220 mm approx., Width: 290 mm approx.

Descriptive line

Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Low Tide at Susaki', from the series 'Annual Events at Famous Places in Edo'; fan print, Japanese, ca. 1840-1842




East Asia Collection

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